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Gupta wins Commonwealth Championship in Port Elizabeth

Gupta wins Commonwealth Championship in Port Elizabeth

Abhijeet Gupta won the 2013 Commonwealth Open Chess Championship in Port Elizabeth, South-Africa on Sunday. The 23-year-old grandmaster from India edged out Sergey Fedorchuk of Ukraine and Sergey Tiviakov of the Netherlands on tiebreak (Buchholz) after all three finished their tournament on 9/11. 

Abhijeet Gupta | Photo © John Saunders

The 2013 Commonwealth Open Chess Championship was held July 5th-14th, 2013 at the Boardwalk Hotel, Convention Centre and Spa in the city of Port Elizabeth, situated in the Nelson Mandela Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa. The tournament ran concurrently with the South African Open Chess Championship, the Nelson Mandela Bay Open Chess Championship and the South African Open Blitz Chess Championship. Alongside these events, there were also FIDE Arbiters and FIDE Trainers seminars and exams.

The rate of play was 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by an additional 30 minutes per player added from move 40 with the addition of 30 seconds per move from move 1. The total prize fund was R300,000 (roughly 23,250 Euros). Besides the regular prizes there were prizes for best female, age group prizes, rating prizes, team prizes and other special prizes for members of the Commonwealth.

Abhijeet Gupta had the best Buchholz score in a group of three players who ended on 9/11. Sergey Tiviakov and Sergey Fedorchuk finished second and third, and these three players shared a total of R74,000, so about 1900 Euros each.

The Commonwealth silver and bronze medals went to the two Indian grandmasters: Dibyendu Barua (8,5 points, 4th place) and Lalith Babu (8,5 points, 5th place). IM Jovanka Houska of England also scored 8,5 points and was the best female player. 

Among the prominent guests of the tournament were 13th World Champion Garry Kasparov, who has been on a tour through several African countries, and Jacob Zuma. The South African President attended the closing ceremony and said:

On Robben Island, chess provided a solace to us that we needed in those conditions of isolation and deprivation. It propelled our minds beyond the confines of the prison walls and allowed us to reflect and to position our thoughts strategically to fight the regime. (...) Many comrades made chess sets out of soap and driftwood that allowed us to continue to play this noble and great game. We improvised with makeshift chess boards and we enjoyed the fullness of the game.

Obviously this was also a reference to the greatest of all South Africans, Nelson Mandela, who happens to turn 95 this very day!

Gupta started strongly with six straight victories, including the following win against his compatriot. By then Barua Dibyendu, Sergey Fedorchuk and Stuart Conquest were half a point behind.

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In the last five rounds, Gupta would draw with Fedorchuk, Barua, Tivakov and G.Akash and he won one more game:

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Sergey Fedorchuk was held to a draw, in spectacular fashion, in round 4 by South African chess legend IM Watu Kobese (2343):

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Kobese managed to do the same, also with the black pieces, against Tiviakov:

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Commonwealth Championship 2013 | Final standings (top 30)

Rk. Fed Name FED RtgI Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4
1 GM Gupta Abhijeet IND 2583 9 84 69,5 54,5 66,75
2 GM Fedorchuk Sergey A. UKR 2667 9 83 69 55 66
3 GM Tiviakov Sergei NED 2654 9 82,5 69,5 53,5 65,5
4 GM Barua Dibyendu IND 2431 8,5 82,5 68,5 54 60,75
5 GM Musunuri Rohit Lalith IND 2571 8,5 81,5 67,5 53 60,25
6 GM Tkachiev Vladislav FRA 2649 8,5 80 67 52,5 60,75
7   Akash G IND 2332 8,5 76 62,5 49 56,75
8 IM Houska Jovanka ENG 2398 8,5 76 61,5 48 56
9 WGM Soumya Swaminathan IND 2301 8,5 75 61,5 48 55,75
10 IM Emojog Elijah UGA 2301 8,5 72,5 59 45,5 52,75
11 GM Conquest Stuart C ENG 2492 8 82,5 68 52,5 56,75
12 IM Kobese Watu RSA 2343 8 80,5 66,5 51,5 55,25
13 IM Roychowdhury Saptarshi IND 2500 8 79 65,5 50 54,25
14 WGM L'Ami Alina ROU 2345 8 78 64,5 50,5 53,75
15 GM Grover Sahaj IND 2478 8 78 64 49,5 54
16   Kulkarni Chinmay IND 2268 8 71,5 58 44,5 48,5
17 IM Mabusela Johannes Manyedi RSA 2281 8 71 58,5 45,5 50,75
18 WGM Gomes Mary Ann IND 2408 7,5 79,5 65,5 51 51
19 FM Cawdery Daniel RSA 2345 7,5 77,5 64 50 49,75
20   Kulkarni Rakesh IND 2283 7,5 77 63,5 49,5 51,25
21   Pranav Vijay IND 2184 7,5 76 63,5 49,5 49,25
22   Makoto Rodwell ZIM 2302 7,5 75,5 61,5 47,5 47,25
23 FM Bhawoodien Shabir RSA 2116 7,5 75 61,5 47,5 48
24   Kathmale Sameer IND 2319 7,5 74 60 46,5 46,75
25   Hercules Benjamin Vincent RSA 2066 7,5 73,5 60,5 47 44,5
26 IM Gluckman David RSA 2250 7,5 72 59 45,5 46,5
27 IM Mwali Chitumbo ZAM 2000 7,5 71 57,5 44,5 47,5
28 WGM Mohanty Kiran Manisha IND 2195 7,5 71 57 43,5 44,5
29 CM Bezuidenhout Roland RSA 2030 7,5 68 55,5 43 41,25
30 FM Barrish Daniel RSA 1824 7,5 67,5 54,5 43 42,75

 

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Comments

europatzer's picture

I didn't know that the Ukraine and France were part on the commonwealth. ?!

euro-sceptic's picture

Yes, the commonwealth has been amended to temporarily include any country that has a GM willing to play in the Commonwealth Chess Championship; did you not get the memo? :)

popeye's picture

This Channel 4 news guy must be ok at chess.

Mike Runyon's picture

No one on earth wins more chess tournaments than Tiviakov ?

saturnz's picture

thankz for covering this tournament from my country, its so sad this tournament didn't receive any mainstream coverage here and I had to get details from chessvibes

saturnz's picture

although I am not sure sure about the utterances made by the president. Given the speeches he makes and his political maneurvering, I'm not sure how good he is at chess,

saturnz's picture

and the Gupta name is not a name we South Africans are welcome of, especially since a prominent Gupta family ignored protocols and landed a private jet in an military airbase

AAR's picture

Gupta is a very common surname like Jackson or Clarke. If you are going to hate it, you should be hating like 1 million people.

saturnz's picture

I didn't say anything about hating, and I said it in gest. but whatever troll

Rakesh Gupta's picture

What is the connection between this article and your comment?
If there is a sports news about Tiger Woods will you start blah blah about Tigers in the forests?

SKGupta's picture

@Saturnz: Thats the worst irrelevant comment I have read on this site.

Jay's picture

I was in SA for a while. They are killing white people like crazy over there. Zulu racism is even worse than KKK.

septimus's picture

Dude what the fook are you on about?

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